THE Cheshire Youth Choir has returned from the Choir Olympics victorious but its future is in jeopardy.

The choir impressed the judges with their singing talent and were given a silver award in the World Choir Games in Austria.

The 48-strong youth choir travelled to Graz to take part in the largest choir competition in the world. The youngsters, aged 12-22, sang a programme of four songs and were competing against 36 choirs from around the world.

Despite their success, the future of the choir is uncertain due to the Cheshire split which will see Cheshire County Council, which funds the choir, disappear and replaced by two new authorities.

Choir director Shirley Court said: “They all did fantastically well and I would just like to thank them for making me so proud.”

Shirley said the difficulty is that they don’t know what will happen to the choir next year.

She said: “It would be absolute disaster if they decided to split us, or only one side decided to fund us. We just wouldn’t be able to carry on.”

Robert Nash from the Cheshire County Council Music Partnership said: “Everything is up in the air at the moment.”

Nick Howbrigg, 22, who has been a member of the choir since it started, said: “We would all be devastated if it had to come to an end.”